Getting started with Padlet
This guide takes staff through the process of getting setup on Padlet, creating a board, ideas for pedagogic activities and how to share with students. Padlet is a power tool for online collaboration and student engagement, however it currently has limited web accessibility features. Therefore, when using please be prepared to provide alternative arrangements for your students when needed.
Creating an account
To get added to the UoL account, staff need to:
- Go to https://uol.padlet.org
- Click ‘Log in with Microsoft’
- Enter their Lincoln email address and follow the login prompts (including MFA)
You will be able to merge your account with a free account which was created using your staff email address, if you have one. Within Padlet you will then be able to access both your free and UoL staff account and switch between them.
Creating a board
Once logged in:
- Click ‘Gallery’ to for examples of use to inspire your own practice
- Click ‘Make a Padlet’ to begin
- You are then presented with a selection of 8 templates plus a blank canvas.
- Click ‘Select’ to choose one
- Complete and customise the areas on the Modify wizard.
o You may want to turn the Filter Profanity setting to on.
- Please use this naming convention: [module code-year-week-activity name]
o e.g. MGT3033M-2021-Week 3-Research Ideas
Building the structure of your Padlet
There are a number of options that you have for building a Padlet. You can use a pre-defined template or
create one of your own. When using Padlet for the first time, we recommend using the ‘Shelf’ option from the ‘Make a Padlet’ menu
as this is the most common example of a Padlet. Once you have more experience with using the tool, you
can explore the other layout options.
- Follow steps 5 and 6 above to create your ‘Shelf’ Padlet board and complete the setup options.
- Name your ‘First Column’ in the Padlet and hit ‘Save’.
- You now have the option of adding additional columns, as many as you require. Click ‘Add Column’ to add a new column and repeat until you have created as many columns as you need.
- You need to add instructions for the students, by creating an example post in each column. To do
this, click the plus icon which is denoted in the screenshot above.
- You are now ready to share this board with the students.
Making your Padlet available to students on Blackboard
In order to share your Padlet with students, you will need to add a link to it within your ‘Module Content’ area on Blackboard. This step is very important as it is the only way in which you can authenticate students into Padlet and prevent anonymous contributions. It also allows connection to the Grade Centre so that student engagement can be tracked.
Note: You will need to copy a number of details from your Padlet page, so it is recommended that you have Padlet open in one web tab/window and Blackboard in another web tab/window so that you can easily move between them.
You can follow the process below to add a link to your Padlet in the top level of your ‘Module Content’ area, or within any specific weekly folder. If adding to a folder, navigate into that folder before you begin
- Navigate to your module site and click into ‘Module Content’.
- Click ‘Build Content’ on the top navigation menu and choose ‘Web Link’.
- Add a name for your link in the ‘Name’ box. It should match the naming convention mentioned
- Navigate to your Padlet (in the other tab). Within Padlet click ‘Share’ on the top right of the screen
and select ‘Add to your LMS as an external tool’.
- Copy the link from the ‘(Secure) Launch/Tool URL’ box.
- Navigate back to your Blackboard tab, Tick the box which says ‘This link is a to a Tool Provider.’
- Paste the link into the URL box. This will generate some addition options:
a. Key: This can be copied from your Padlet share page.
b. Secret: This a unique code which you need to copy from the Padlet page.
c. Customised Parameters: These can be copied from the Padlet page also.
Complete the boxes on Blackboard as outlined above.
- If you wish to enable marking for engagement with your Padlet, you should set ‘Enable Evaluation’
to ‘Yes’. This option can be found directly below the custom parameters section. You will need to set the ‘Points Possible’ to 100 (as usual). This process will create a column in the Grade Centre and allow you to mark the students for their contribution or engagement with the Padlet board.
- Enter a description for the link you wish to do so. E.g. ‘Click here to access the Padlet for Week 1’
- Click ‘Submit’. The Padlet link will now appear in your ‘Module Content’.
The process above can be repeated for any further Padlets which you wish to share. For example, you may have a different Padlet board for each week of your module.
Allowing students to work on their own Padlet
An advanced feature of Padlet, which you may wish to explore, is the option of students working on their own Padlet. In this way you can create one template (perhaps for a creative project / portfolio etc.) and then allow each student to work on their own version of this template. As a member of staff you will be added to each of the Padlet boards, so please use caution when enabling this feature with a large cohort.
When you click the ‘Add to Your LMS as an external tool’, you have the option of enabling each student to work on their own version of the Padlet.
Turn this option on, if you wish to use the above approach. Follow the guidance as set out above in steps 5 -10 to add your Padlet to Blackboard.